As the last few batches enter the winery (just a bit of Mataro to come this coming week) it would be fair to say 2018 has been a truly wonderful vintage, a little longer than what we would have expected during the heat of February, but with most of the wines now resting in barrel, and the first wines of the vintage, the 2018 Rose and 2018 Semillon to be bottled next week I am a very happy that it is coming to a close with what I am sure will be a great selection of wines to come over the next 2-3 years.
The highlights for me are tough to nominate, but the 2018 Rose and our numerous Grenache blocks look spectacular, as do some of the special parcels of very old blocks that have a special place for me, I am sure will repay our efforts for many years. The Coonawarra Cabernet really stood up this year and although new to the winery, already is a standout. I cannot wait to see them progress in barrel and into bottle over the next 2-3 years. When you are next in the Barossa please ask Andrew or I to show you a few of the barrels.
Alice was a great help over vintage, her note taking I am sure will help us all.